So, yesterday on Twitter I got to thinking about laser-launched lightsail nanoprobes: https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/890591962973208577 https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/890593221902053378 Currently, the big idea is to launch teeny-tiny lightsail probes at neighboring stars to get a look around -- current thought is that technology as it is now could handle boosting some 1 gram probes attached to 20 meter lightsails up... Continue Reading →
This is a little flash story I cobbled together while feeling adventurous about format and framing of stories. And, as usual, about the future. It seemed fitting to post it following the arrival of the Juno craft at Jupiter. Hopefully the WordPress text editor won't make too much of a hash of it -- I'll do... Continue Reading →
https://twitter.com/Tao23/status/743490594366849028 There's always the danger of being wrong when making a prediction. I'm well acquainted with that risk -- I write science fiction. My entire job is making up cool stories on a foundation of predictions that are probably wrong. So when I predict that Trump will withdraw from the race with a Scooby-Doo quote, I'd be... Continue Reading →
SFNN> Classified> Off-Earth > Outer System> Kuiper> Pluto> Jobs> Technical> Supervisory HYDROPONICS AND RECREATIONAL GENERALIST (HRG) Salary Band 8(b) This is a position with the Eurasian University Cooperative (EUC), Facilities Maintenance Division. Successful applicants must pass a comprehensive full-record Onboard DNA-ROM Codex (ODNARC) examination. Felonies of any nature and offenses of any level of or... Continue Reading →
https://youtu.be/IXEVk_Sf1Zc?t=41s I know, I know. We have to ask these questions in public, for all those who haven't thought about it, don't care about it, or think the future of humanity off this planet is a science fiction pipe dream. Sure, it's a bit of a pipe dream. Because getting a significant and sustainable... Continue Reading →
Image credit: NASA Bradbury Meets Autonomy Goal, Mayor Declares Holiday (APM) 01 March 2145 Mayor Sonny Desai of the city of Bradbury, North American Mars declared today to be the first annual (Earth calendar) Bradbury Autonomy Day. Ceremonies in Barsoom Square, including a free banquet of locally farmed vegetables, fish, chicken, and cuy (guinea pig),... Continue Reading →
A shot from the ISS captures long shadows cast by clouds. With views like this, surely there's a market for a few hotels in low earth orbit. And maybe some nice retirement homes. Maybe some day...
Taifun Arrives in Lunar Orbit L5 News & Entertainment Network 14 January 2357 Taifun took its place in Lunar orbit today, as projected. The asteroid, 9.8 kilometers in diameter, was first discovered in November of 2271. Its original trajectory was a near-certain direct hit on Earth in 2340 and would have generated a force... Continue Reading →